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Kolkata LRTS

Kolkata Light Rail Transit System (LRTS)
Owner Kolkata Mass Rapid Transit Pvt Ltd
Locale Kolkata, India
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 2
Operator(s) SREI Infrastructure Finance[1]

Kolkata Light Rail Transit System (LRTS) is a mass rapid transit system proposed for the city of Kolkata in India. The Government of West Bengal and SREI Infrastructure Finance signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up the light rail transit (LRT) system. A special purpose vehicle, Kolkata Mass Rapid Transit Pvt Ltd has been formed to execute this Rs.6000 crore project.[2]


April 2002: The Master Plan for Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA) for 2025 was submitted for the approval by the Metropolitan Planning Committee. It was proposed to be executed soon after securing agreement from the chief minister Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. It was suggested in the feasibility report that it will work well as an intermediate system for some selected corridors. The search for funding started and it did not sound much in public.[3]

2004: The Kolkata government wanted assistance from the central government which agreed to provide assistance for one major transit system project. Bhattacharjee chose LRTS over the East-West Metro corridor for the assistance and asked the state transport secretary to prepare a revised feasibility study.

April 2005: The feasibility study by CES termed it as EMRTS (Elevated Mass Rapid Transit System) and proposed three corridors, all terminating at Esplanade. The rolling stock they proposed was high speed trams.[4]

February 2009: The LRTS project was listed under JNNURM. It was to be jointly executed by SREI and the Czech-based AMEX Corporation on a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis. It was also proposed to make the LRTS station at Barrackpore a terminal point connecting it with the main line station.[5] Mr. Hemant Kanoria, Chairman and Managing Director of Srei Infrastructure Limited signed an MOU with the Government of West Bengal to execute this project along with their consortium partners.[6]


  • Corridor 1: Joka — Esplanade
  • Corridor 2: Esplanade — Barrackpore


  1. ^ Srei Infrastructure Finance Limited
  2. ^ "WB govt, SREI Infrastructure Finance ink MoU for LRT". The Times Of India. 18 February 2009. 
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  4. ^ Mukherjee, Shankar (13 April 2005). "Green light for rail transit". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). 
  5. ^ Somdatta Basu and Suman Chakraborti (18 February 2009). "Pranab walks political tightrope for Bengal". The Times of India. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  6. ^ "WB govt, SREI Infrastructure Finance ink MoU for LRT". The Times Of India. 18 February 2009. 
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